Tick Tock Tick Tock…..it’s scary how much time one can spend on the internet when you are looking for the one, the perfect match. No I am not talking about a girl or a boy or both. I think I’ve said this before, looking for work can take a toll on your mind and Jamie is being affected. In the past week, Jamie has spent countless hours staring at the screen on her purple laptop, trying to find her next employer, mostly on Indeed. Indeed can be a mind fuck. They send her all these alerts about new job openings and status updates on about 1/8 of the hundreds of applications she’s put in, which is fine. Its good to know what options are still out there and which applications actually made it to a human being. But these notifications can also be torture, especially this specific one; “DEF company looked at your resume and application.” Jamie was so thrilled to see that she may have a chance at the position she has been craving for, but is that really what that message means? What does it really mean when a company has reviewed your application on Indeed? NADA, NOTHING AT ALL! It’s just another one of those crappy traps to get you to visit a website so that they can earn a couple of cents in revenue. At least that’s how Jamie felt. Wouldn’t you think that if an employer takes a look at your application, that you would hear from them whether its a negative or positive? You would think they would have the decency of in-boxing you with an interview message or a “its not you its us” email. No, instead the days pass and you don’t hear anything else from DEF company. Instead you get feelings of anxiety and doubt, wondering why did they look at your resume? Why didn’t they say something after looking at it? Are they ever going to reach out? Who knows. Clicking the orange Apply Now button is like making another bet at a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament. It’s a gamble. However, just like the cards in your hands, Jamie knows what she’s working worth. Even though it feels like she’s never going to find the perfect match, she’s still confident in what she can offer as an employee and what she is capable of. I mean look at this mean ass cover letter she recently wrote:
“Go-getter, organized, passionate, reliable, a leader; are some of the words that my previous supervisor would use to describe me as an employee. These can also be cliche words that many would use to describe themselves to hiring managers and recruiters, but I am not a cliche. I am different, I enjoy being different. Being different is what sets us apart from the bunch, it helps us grow and achieve great things.
From what I have learned, (Insert company name here) is different as well, and that’s why it was recognized by Google as the 3rd most searched (something) in 2018, and the most robust (something) database in February 2019. Coincidentally, I’ve also had my share of accomplishments that I’d like to tell you more about. If you have some time, maybe we can schedule an opportunity to discuss our pasts, presents, and possibly how I can be a part of (Insert company name here)s future.“
Need I say more…..
It’s amazing how much your emotions can affect or cloud your thinking. Let me explain, It’s been about a week since I was let go from my non-profit employer and believe it or not The Office of Unemployment has already replied! I was so excited to see those envelopes in my mailbox that I ran inside my house to open them. You would think there was a check in there or something (when pigs fly). As I’m ripping through the envelope my mind wanders off and I begin to tell myself wow I guess they didn’t have much of a decision to make because it’s cut and dry. I was laid off so of course I qualify for unemployment. Wrong! Of course I do not qualify for any assistance and they have a legitimate reason why not. See, one important bit of information that I forgot to mention in my previous post, was that when I first started with this nonprofit, I didn’t have a conventional position. I worked from home and I was considered an independent contractor or in other words self employed. As an independent contractor you are responsible for paying your taxes and putting money towards unemployment insurance, which I obviously failed to do. I paid my taxes at the end of the year, but foolishly didn’t think about unemployment insurance. I was so in love with my career and I was so good at it, that the thought of needing unemployment never crossed my mind. Then when they laid me off, my emotional response was to apply for unemployment. Not only out of spite, but also because I was worried about all the repercussions of being unexpectedly laid off. Ay Caramba… so no I won’t be seeing any deposits in my bank account from the government. And that’s okay, lesson learned. There’s a lot of other things that I must focus on like redecorating….my resume. Stick around and see if my next move actually helps.
FYI: If you’re unemployed and would like to know if you qualify for unemployment, reach out to your local office. Everyone’s situation is not the same.
After the Break Up
Tuesday 9.am. my alarm goes off. Time to schedule today’s food donation pick-up and deliveries. I love my job! Doesn’t even feel like a job because of many different reasons. For one, I get to go straight to work in my PJ’s; after brushing my teeth and preparing my much needed cup of java. Plus, I get to feed the homeless and less privileged from the comfort of my home. PJ’s and giving back to my community, it just doesn’t get better that this. Lunchtime comes around, better get ready for my mid-day phone call with my boss who I love dearly and would never want to work for anyone else type of love. “You have been logged off from all of your accounts” is the message I see on my laptop screen as I am preparing for my meeting, hmmmm this is weird. Have we been compromised/ Hacked? No worries, I will just log back in, “Your password has been changed” huh, WTF is going on? I haven’t changed my password!! I have been bamboozled is what the fuck is going on. My passwords were all changed because my position no longer exists due to lack of funding. If you’ve ever worked for a non-profit, then you’re probably very familiar with this situation. I didn’t even get a heads up, it was just slam bam thank you ma’am. Now after a year and a half, I am back in the job searching scene. Aww yes to be 39 years-old with a family and bills and plans and jobless. What am I going to do? PANIC!!!!!!
After a couple of glasses of wine, I think to myself might as well write about it and make this job searching adventure into a blog. Maybe I can help someone out there. or someone can help me. So what is my first step after being laid off from a company that I had put my heart and soul into?
- Cry and then cry some more, until I finally get a grip and think about what my options are for bringing money into the household ASAP, because at the end of the day, I may have stopped working, but life doesn’t stop.
- Next, apply for unemployment. Why? because it’s going to take sometime before I find another career and most likely I will qualify for some cash since I got laid off. Of course it’s not going to be anything close to what I was making, but some cash is better than none.
- I also may qualify for some government assistance like Food Stamps let’s check that out. HMMMM according to the state website I might qualify, let me complete this application. 2 hours later….wow I think I have become a professional application completer if that’s such a thing.
- While I impatiently wait a few weeks for denial or acceptance letters from the government I will sign-up with some job seeking sites like INDEED and do some networking. I will put out some feelers to some of the professional connections I have made over time.
I imagine that I may have done everything I can for now. Stay tuned for updates on my job search and if anything I have done thus far has actually helped. In the meantime, I would love to hear what tips or recommendations you may have. Tell me if you’ve ever been in a similar situation and how you handled it.
It may be difficult to see the positives from losing a job at first, but I must admit that there are a few things I have learned. I am now on day three post lay off and have discovered that if I plan for working for another non-profit in the future, there are certain things I should know about them before accepting a position. This actually may apply with any type of employer really. You know at that point of the interview where they ask you, “the interviewee”, if you have any questions….well say yes. Ask as many questions as possible. Find out how long have they been in business for? Is the position dependent upon some form of grant or financial support? Did this position exist before and what happened with the previous employee? Had I asked some of these questions before, I may not be in the predicament I am in now. Then again is there any job or career that is 100% secure?
Things to Consider Before Clicking the Orange Button
- Job Jargon Gibberish: Do you understand the qualifications for the position? Not all job postings are created by the actual company that you will be working for. Some companies outsource the task of recruiting to outside resources such as temporary job agencies or online job boards (Greenberg, 2013). They have individuals who are hired specifically to create job posts based off of some summary that was provided by the company. Many times these job listings include jargon that can just sound like a bunch of gibberish, therefore you should take your time to decipher what exactly is it that the company is looking for. You never know, what may at first appear like a job that only Jeff Bezos qualifies for, may actually be one that you are perfect for!
- What do you know about the company? Remember Jamie? Yes, Jamie who developed a trust issue after being let go from her job. Jamie could have benefited from reading this article before accepting that position, if you know what I mean. If you are looking for a career or a long-term position with a company, then make sure you Google them or Glassdoor them. Glassdoor is a great website for researching any company. They provide you with good insight like real employee reviews, salary information, and a lot more goodies. You want to make sure you are pursuing the right company. One you can trust and not one that give you the boot after a couple of years, for absolutely no good reason (poor Jamie) or due to lack of stability.
- Too good to be true? Maybe. If you are having a hard time conducting your background research on a company, it could be because they are bogus. Job searching websites do their very best at ensuring that the employers using their services for recruiting are real and not fake, but they’re not perfect not even Indeed. Every now and then you will see a job posting offering an abnormally high salary for minimal duties and responsibilities. For example, “Looking for full-time cashier, no weekends, no late nights, no experience needed. Pay starting at $18/hr.” Yeah right! If you’ve done your homework, then you know that this is straight up fishy! When you feel your gut filling up with question marks as you read the job description, Do Not click the orange button. This can be some pretend company or just some scammer named Joe Doe, using a job post to hack you for your juicy information. I know it sounds crazy, but it happens to the best of us, so better to be safe than sorry.
Well then, there you have it. Some basic no no’s to remember when you are looking for that next exciting career. Trust your instincts, use logic, and when all else fails then network. That way if someone tries to lie to you in person you can just knock em’ out. LOL. Just kidding, you want to get a job not a cell mate. Keep in touch by subscribing below and find out how networking is working out for Jamie.